Hybrid Ed.D. Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the GRE required and where should I have my scores sent?

Yes, the GRE is required. Scores should be recent (within the last five years). Official GRE scores must be sent to both UF Graduate Admissions and the Higher Education Administration department. Here are the codes:

  • University Code: 5812
  • Higher Education Code: 3502

The applications do not open until January 2021. Is there anything I can do ahead of time?

Students are encouraged to go ahead and register and take the GRE if they do not have active GRE scores taken within the last 5 years. Students should also start gathering other materials like recommendation letters and official transcripts, and they can start updating their resumes. Admissions to the Higher Education Hybrid Ed.D. Cohort only occurs every two years. Applications for admission consideration to the 2022 Higher Education Hybrid Ed.D. Cohort will be accepted beginning January 15, 2021. Classes will begin January, 2022.

What is an acceptable GPA and/or GRE scores?

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 upper-division (last 60 credits) undergraduate work.

As faculty within higher education, we understand the limitations of the GRE. As a result, we review candidates holistically, weighing all of the elements of the application packet to try to discern the best candidates for our program. Because of the holistic review, we do not provide minimums for GRE scores. However, typically candidates’ verbal scores have had a range of 144-159, while the quantitative scores have had a range of 136-155.

When will admission decisions be made?

Admission decisions are made after the priority deadline, typically by October 1st.

If I miss this application deadline, when will I be able to apply again?

Cohorts are only accepted every two years. Applications for the 2024 Higher Education Hybrid Ed.D. Cohort will be accepted beginning January 15, 2023, and must be submitted by July 1, 2023. After that, the next cohort will begin in spring 2026, and applications for that cohort will be accepted beginning on January 15, 2025.

Will any in-person meetings be required?

Traditionally, classes in the blended Ed.D. are offered online with students attending two to three weekend meetings per semester. The class meetings are held in rotation at the University of Florida and additional colleges and universities within the state of Florida. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the format of synchronous sessions has been modified to comply with recommendations from UF Health and the CDC. Prospective students can access information on our instructional delivery here.

Does this program require a dissertation?

Yes, a dissertation is required to complete the higher education Ed.D. program. The entire program of study is 90 credit hours, which includes 21 credit hours of dissertation research. You can view academic requirements in the program of study.

What is the cost of attending?

The current graduate tuition and fees for the College of Education can be found here.

Will I be able to interact with my classmates and the instructor?

Courses are dynamic in nature. Most of our courses include synchronous and asynchronous content. Synchronous components are based on faculty pedagogical decisions around the topic, course sequencing, and student need. There are videos of lectures and discussion boards between students and instructors about the readings and lectures. Between the online interactions and the weekend meetings, students get to know their cohort members and the faculty well, creating a support network that leads to their successful completion of the degree.

Will any of my previous graduate courses count towards completion of the hybrid Ed.D.?

Our program of study incorporates 15 hours of transfer credit from previous graduate coursework. Faculty advisors work with each student during their first year to identify previous graduate coursework that fits into the program of study.

I started a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in higher education at another institution. Can I transfer into the hybrid Ed.D. program at UF?

All students must be accepted into a cohort and progress through the established course sequence. We can accept up to 15 credit hours of previous graduate coursework.